(PRWEB) October 22, 2012
As of October 4, 2012, a rare form of fungal meningitis has killed 5 people and sickened 30 across six states, and even more deaths and injuries are expected. This outbreak of aspergillus meningitis has been linked to spinal steroid injections, a common treatment for back pain.
Investigation revealed that the steroid came from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts. This specialty pharmacy has recalled three lots of the drug and shut down operations. Cases of this type have occurred all over the U.S. in states such as Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, and Indiana. Most of these cases have occurred in older adults who were healthy besides the back pain.
The Legal Examiner notes that this is not the first time NECC faces potential liability due to contamination of its drugs. In 2004, a man took a contaminated shot that allegedly caused his death. The 83-year-old man died from meningitis about a year and a half after receiving a shot produced by the company. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said that NECC may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license, which was only to fill specific prescriptions for specific patients. However what they were doing instead was to make big batches and selling them out of state as a manufacture would, which was certainly outside of their state license.
On October 6, 2012, NECC recalled all products currently in circulation that were compounded at and distributed from its facility in Framingham, Mass, due to the potential risk of contamination of all the drugs made there. While there is no indication at this time of any contamination in other NECC products, this recall is being taken as a precautionary measure. You may identify products made by NECC from its markings that indicate the center by name or by its acronym or by the company logo.
Attorney Paul d’Oliveir a stated that “This is an unfortunate situation with so many people being injured or died from this steroid injection.”
Meningitis affects the membranous lining of the brain and spinal cord. Early symptoms of fungal meningitis such as headache, fever, dizziness, nausea and slurred speech, are subtler than those of bacterial meningitis and can take nearly a month to appear. Thus, fungal meningitis can be left unnoticed until the meningitis is further developed in your body before you feel that something might be wrong in you body and to seek a medical profession’s advice. Left untreated, however, the inflammatory disease can cause permanent neurological damage and death.
The attorneys at d'Oliveira & Associates urge anyone who has suffered injuries through taking drugs obtained from NECC to contact them. They are working with some of the leading dangerous drugs attorneys in the nation who are handling these cases. They want all patients that have suffered injuries from these drugs to understand that they are entitled to compensation.
For a free legal consultation, call 1-800-992-6878 or visit their website at Meningitis Lawyer